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Complicated calculations

By From staff reports
Published in News on September 19, 2012 1:46 PM

The county uses a fluctuating workweek to determine overtime pay for Sheriff's Office and Office of Emergency Services employees.

The state-approved method is for employees whose hours vary from week to week. The formula is complicated, but basically the state Department of Labor takes into consideration the number of regular hours worked and the number of hours of overtime worked.

The more hours worked in a week, the less the regular hourly rate of pay will be. The regular rate can go all the way down to the minimum wage, but no lower. To determine the number of overtime hours and overtime pay, each workweek stands on its own. The employer cannot base the overtime hours on the total hours worked in a bi-weekly or a semi-monthly pay period.